"Innovation implies something new: Something new implies there must be space available- an open mind. For me this occurs while walking the dog, in the shower, first waking up. Something new implies an understanding of the old. Something new implies connecting the dots in a novel way. Innovation implies a solution to a problem. The problem must be seen and felt. Change must be desired. Methods to find a solution are needed: For OT this is functional analysis! What a great fit!" - Jayne Knowlton
What led you to become and occupational therapist? I initially was interested in mental health in high school and my first year of college. I was intrigued with the challenge of psychology and helping people, but that all changed after my own grandfather had a stroke. I was exposed to occupational therapy through his rehab process and I discovered that OT combined physical disability and mental health/cognition. Right then and there, I knew OT was for me. The very next year, I changed universities so I could be more involved and submerge myself in a health science-focused school. I applied and was accepted into the first transitional Master's OT class at the University of North Dakota. I love being an occupational therapist and it was one of the best choices I made!